Random musings from day 1:
- The popular route to Quito from the US is via Houston. Houston is really halfway to South America. SO much Spanish speaking.
- Quito is a nice city — various signs of third worldness, but also some surpringsly cleaned up and laid back sections. Not nearly as loud or dirty as Indian or Chinese cities.
- Spanish – accent neutral – wonderful.
- Almuerzo – you order almuerzo and they give you the special of the day. No menu.
- Ecuador uses US Dollars as currency. This makes it so much easier to buy stuff. You know exactly how much you’re paying.
- Living – my brother has an apartment here (he teaches English) and living in an apt in foreign city is much different than hostel /hotelling it. Obvious, I know, but it really is different, and I like it.
- Indigenous women are interesting. Much darker skin, wear distinctive hats.
- Quito as a city is really LONG. North/south. The Andes border the city on either side.